Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New products added at With Love From!

Over at With Love From they are gearing up for Mother's Day, which is 26th March here in the UK. They've added a number of new items into my product collection featuring a new phrase in my bespoke hand drawn typography against a backdrop of bold and colourful confetti hearts. The sentiment, 'thank you for being you' is perfect for Mum or Nan and features across a number of new products including box frames, (which have the choice of a black or white frame)...

... a gorgeous silver plated handbag mirror...

 ... and this super-huggable cushion that is filled with an over-sized inner to make it extra-plump and luxurious! 

Cushions are now also available in my 'Mr & Mrs' design, so if you are celebrating a wedding or anniversary this could make a perfect gift to mark that special day! 

Back with Mother's Day and With Love From have also just released a box frame in my pink confetti hearts design, which has space for 3 lines of personalised text. This allows you complete control over the message for your loved one and makes a completely unique gift. 

Of course, there are plenty of existing gifts available that you can personalise to fit the occasion, including my engraved photo frame. I love this photo of me and my lovely Mum taken on holiday last year! (Although she won't be happy when she sees I've posted it!) <3

All my designs from With Love From can be personalised, so whatever the occasion you can create the perfect gift! 

For best chance of delivery for Mother's Day via Royal Mail be sure to place your order at With Love From before 4pm on Wednesday 22nd March! 

Monday, 6 March 2017

New Partner! - Case Station

I'm very excited to tell you that it is now possible to buy my designs on technology cases from my new licensing partner, Case Station! If you haven't already discovered them, Case Station make cases for smartphones, notebooks and tablets as well as bluetooth speakers for brands including Alcatel, Apple, Google, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Samsung with a wide array of models catered for. You can now get each of these lovely technology cases printed with one of my vibrant surface pattern designs! In this post I have shown the designs as featured on an iPhone 6 case, but all of the designs are available on all technology case models, so there is a lot to choose from!  

About Case Station in their own words: 

"Case Station invites you to stand out from the crowd and let your personality shine. Visually tell Your Story through the customisation of cases for your smartphone, tablet or Apple watch band. Your design is reflected in a hand-finished case of unrivalled quality, using materials made for space, used on Earth." - Casestation.com 

Whatever your taste there will be a design for you on the site. For example, if you love the beach you can let everyone know by dressing your tech in one of the designs from my 'Beside the Sea Shore' collection, which features motifs such as fishing boats, brightly coloured pebbles, sunbursts and typography inspired by the seaside (above).  

For animal lovers, or for those like me who just enjoy a folk style forest print(!) there are designs from my 'Fabled Forest' collection. If floral is more your thing this range covers that too...

There are florals and citrus fruit designs in my 'La Dolce Vita' collection, which was influenced by wonderful trips to Italy. 

My 'Seeds' pattern below is a slightly more abstract design and was inspired by flower seeds floating in the breeze.

If, like me, your favourite thing is a cup of tea or coffee, you can adorn your case with one of the designs from my 'Tea Party' collection. 

Case Station is rapidly expanding around the world and is currently available in: 
United States
United Kingdom
South Korea

To buy a case visit casestation.com and choose your country. Go to BROWSE BY DEVICE and choose the case model you want. Click CREATE. Next, SELECT PRODUCT to choose your case style. In the left hand panel click on 4) OUR ART. Select FEATURED ARTISTS. Then scroll down in the panel until you get to VICKY YORKE. Click on this to see all of my available designs and click on the one you want. Add it to your cart, pay - and then wait for your brand new case to arrive! 
(Please note that at the moment you will need to do this on a computer, not on your phone). 

To find out more about Case Station you can watch this video: 

For information about licensing any of the designs shown please contact Jewel Branding & Licensing. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

New Partner! - With Love From


Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will remember that last year I launched a selection of personalised handmade items through my Etsy shop. I have been so busy with design work over the last year that unfortunately I just don't have time to make products myself at the moment. 

Never fear though! I have now teamed up exclusively with the wonderful people at withlovefrom.com to bring you a brand new selection of personalised gifts illustrated with my 'Bright Hearts' designs. And my products couldn't be in better hands. With Love From is a family run company who have been experts in engraving and printing personalised products for many years. I love their philosophy:

We believe there's nothing more special than the feeling you get when somebody gives you a really thoughtful gift. One that really means something to both the giver and the recipient... We want to help people create and celebrate memories and to give gifts that make the recipient just say "wow". (Withlovefrom.com)

About 'Bright Hearts' 

I designed the Bright Hearts range as an antidote to traditional 'soppy' gift ranges, creating a variety of fun sentiments by combining brightly coloured and modern hearts or geometric prints with quirky hand drawn lettering. There is something to appeal to all personality types, whether sentimental or a little more tongue in cheek! You will find gifts perfect to celebrate Valentine’s day, engagements, weddings and anniversaries (or even just to let your Mum know that you care!) All products in the range have an area to personalise meaning that your gift is always unique and completely personal to the recipient. The launch range includes personalised mugs, photo frames, wall art, cufflinks and a delightful card and coaster combo! View all the products below or shop the whole range here.

Photo Frames

I must admit I'm a bit in love with this wooden photo frame, which is engraved with my geometric hearts illustration and 'I love you' hand lettering. 

Also available is this super bright printed photo frame featuring 'You're my favourite' lettering and my bold geometric print.  

Wall Art

Whatever the occasion, there is a design that is perfect to tell someone that you care. Available in a variety of heart and geometric prints combined with fashionable hand lettering, sentiments include - 'I love you'; 'I love that thing you do'; 'You're my favourite'; 'I get a kick out of you' and 'You're my gorgeous'.

All designs are sublimation printed onto a photo print quality gloss finish aluminium plate before being mounted in a stylish 22cm x 22cm square black or white frame, which creates a shadow to make the colours really stand out.

Designs are also available to celebrate that special occasion, such as a wedding, anniversary (or just because...) including 'Mr & Mrs' and 'He put a ring on it'.

Coaster Card

One of my favourite items in the range is this coaster card, which combines a greetings card and a gift to keep all in one! (I have a thing for coasters...)


(...I also have a thing for mugs!) Choose from designs that state 'I love you' or 'I love that thing you do.' 

'Mr' and 'Mrs' mugs are available to buy separately, or you can get a discount when buying a pair in any combination of 'Mr' and 'Mrs', 'Mr' and 'Mr' or 'Mrs' and 'Mrs'. All the mugs, along with all the products have an area to personalise to make your gift completely unique. 


I am also super-excited by the addition of cufflinks to the With Love From range! My designs have featured on many products in the past, but this is the very first time on cufflinks! There are a variety of designs, which all include my bright and whimsical prints. Each design has an area to personalise with initials and is mounted on beautiful silver plated cufflinks, which are resin coated for durability and a shiny finish. 

Follow my blog and Facebook page to keep up to date with product launches and more!

You can also check out the With Love From Facebook page here.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Art Licensing Show - and 'The Monthly Challenge'!

Some of you may know that I'm a member of the Art Licensing Show website from my previous Christmas blog post. This is a great site where artists / designers pay a fee to host their portfolios in a completely private way. (We have to be soooo careful about posting too much publicly online as things sadly do get stolen). Art directors can sign up for free and I can then connect and share my work with any company that I feel might be a good fit for my brand. I love the fact that I have complete control over who can view my work. My portfolio is obviously also hosted by my agents, Jewel Branding, but this is an excellent additional way to strike up new art licensing relationships. The above image shows my thumbnail from the site and is all images from my 'Tea Party' collection. If you haven't discovered Art Licensing Show yet you can find out more about how it works here.

Another great aspect of the site is the other artist connections I've made. Everyone is so friendly and it's a lovely supportive community where many ideas are shared. There are a number of groups on the site where we can discuss anything from industry news and trend prediction to tabletop and greetings cards, but one of my favourites is the 'ALSC monthly art challenge.' As the name suggests most months we are given a brief to help us build our portfolios. For example, in June we were tasked with creating a new typography piece based on our favourite quotes. I chose to add to my 'Well Hello There!' art licensing collection with a new piece, 'Live Life In Full Bloom'. I love the idea of living life to the full, but also this quote meant I got to doodle some flowers, which I always enjoy! :-)

The challenge in August was to design a bookmark with a coastal theme. I absolutely love beach huts, so this was my summery entry... (I found it surprisingly difficult to illustrate within such a small space!)

Sometimes there is an added competition element where designs are judged by art directors on the site. This month's challenge is especially for surface pattern designers and will be judged by the amazing people at Robert Kaufman fabrics. I would absolutely love to license my designs onto fabric at some point in the future so the opportunity to get work in front of these very influential art directors is a must! The brief is to design something with a Valentine's theme, so I am entering some of the very girly pieces from my new range 'Something Special'. It doesn't have a traditional Valentine's colour pallet, but I hope it is suitably soft and romantic for an alternative Valentine feel. Fingers crossed they like it!

Talking of fabric, my agents have been very busy this weekend at Quilt Market in Houston showing all of my new and existing art licensing collections to potential licensing partners. I've been really busy over the last few months creating lots of lovely new designs for this, but that are also suitable for licensing across many other types of product. If you missed the show, but would like to view my portfolio please contact beth@jewelbranding.com  

Sunday, 9 October 2016

My Design Process - 'Something Special'

As a designer I often get asked how I create my images and if I draw everything by hand. I thought it might be fun to answer these questions in this blog post to give you a quick overview of the process of how I work to create my designs. 

At the moment I'm working on a new range of greetings cards, which is something a bit different for me... but the process for each design is similar to how I work for creating all surface pattern designs or placement graphics for products. The starting point is always an idea. Sometimes this comes in the form of a client brief and sometimes it's the spark of an idea in my head. For these greetings cards I decided I wanted to create a range of cards based on my existing typography range, 'Well Hello There!', but with sentiments that were more focussed on the greetings card market. Often at this stage I create an ideas board, but because the look of the new range is to follow existing designs I simply reviewed the existing work as shown above and researched the greetings market. After making a list of possible different sentiments to include in my new range I set to work in my sketchbook...

So do I draw everything by hand? - The answer is yes! Every design I create starts out as a doodle or a sketch. Normally I will roughly mark designs out in pencil working out the layout / composition... I like to have fun with typography letting my imagination run wild to draw whatever letter shapes pop into my head. I also love geometrics and these often creep into my compositions!

Then once I am happy I outline everything using my trusty fineliner pens! I like to create wonky lines as I feel these give my designs texture and character, so I use a very fine nib, but go back over the lines several times before block filling large areas with a Sharpie and adding any extra detail the design requires. 

At this stage I transfer the design from my sketchbook to my computer to work it up into final artwork. Once in Adobe Illustrator I use the 'Live Trace' function, which converts my drawing into a fully scalable vector file, which is ideal for factories to work from because it can be easily re-sized to fit any product without losing any of my original detail, or the warm appeal of my original hand drawn image. It is also an ideal format for me to add colour. 

I can quickly and easily try out different colour pallets until I find the one that best suits my design. I love to use bright and vibrant colour combinations that really make my designs stand out! For this range I decided to use the same pallet as 'Well Hello There!', but I have mixed the colours together differently within each piece to create a range that has a real colour pop!
When I have chosen a colour pallet I am happy with I can set to work colouring each element of the design individually. 

This is also a perfect time to add in extra textures. I love to create a slight distressed look to my artwork and often use a textured background grid as part of my signature style. This stage takes time and patience, but because I use pantone colours it means that my finished artwork not only looks fun and appealing, but all my designs are factory ready, which makes things much easier for manufacturers when it comes to using my designs across different products for production.

When I am happy that the design is ready, my final stage is to create a mock-up visual in Adobe Photoshop of how the design will look as a product ready for presentation. 

This card celebrates moving house and is part of my brand new range called 'Something Special'. 

If you are an art director / manufacturer who would like to review my portfolio please contact my agents, Jewel Branding & Licensing for further information. 
(Beth Franklin - beth@jewelbranding.com)